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Idolmaster – The Happy Harem Ending

Dec 23, 2011 @ 15:53 CST


The iDOLM@STER reaches a splendid finish – after a winding path of ups and downs, the idols pull off an all around spectacular concert which even brings P-san to shed tears of joy at how far they’ve come.

Over the course of 24 episodes prior, the girls of The iDOLM@STER were met with worries and conflict amongst themselves as a group, their personal lives, and their professional affairs as idols – however in this final episode, everyone is at the height of their confidence. They’ve overcome much to reach this point, and now nothing is left for them except to shine as brilliantly as they can on stage – putting to use everything they’ve acquired and struggled for up till now.

P-san is still trapped to a hospital bed, however as our idols are in preparation for the soon to begin New Year Live event, it’s clear they can’t get him out of their minds. They of course all like him, some a bit more and in a manner slightly so different than the rest – yet they all have reason to appreciate him as an individual and what he’s done, considering that without him, they wouldn’t have made it to such a grand stage, literally.

Much to their joy, and to our jealousy, P-san makes an unexpected arrival in a wheelchair – immediately being surrounded by attractive girls from all angles as he mentions he couldn’t miss the concert no matter what. He also goes on to apologize – feeling himself responsible for not being able to keep up with the idols during his time away, saying he was holding them back, although they know that is anything but the truth. He then apologizes directly to Haruka as he was unable to help her in a time of dire need – yet she assures him it’s fine.

As he praises her for managing to find the answer to her question on her own, she begins to cry of joy.

The question which she found the answer is one which Haruka goes over right at the beginning of the anime to assure us all – the meaning of being an idol in her point of view, something which she came to learn is having fun with everyone, the fans as well as her friends from 765Pro.

Now with our idols feeling enthusiastic at the arrival of P-san, they make their last quick preparations before their largest live event ever begins.

Being a colossal venue packed with thousands of fans, and many more thousands otaku watching, the girls don’t hesitate as they rush out onto the stage and put on a performance that exceeds anything of expectation. Right from their first song, a special edition of “Ready & Change”, they begin emanating energy and vigor in abundance like solar radiation coming off the sun. The girls don’t merely sing the song, they live it – moving so fluidly with every lyric and vocal, giving an experience equivalent to an actual live concert.

Instead of making a mistake and losing our interest through repetition, the whole flow of the concert changes as it progresses – focusing on other aspects such as some quick Ritsuko service, then moving on to concentrate on each of the amazing idols we’ve come to love over these 25 total episodes. Girls who have defeated their worries, and accomplished their dreams – as well as the ambitions of those who believe in them like P-san, the other 765Pro staff, and of course, the enormous base of fans.

Then as the anime settles down to a lovely end, we’re shown a hint of romance in regards to Haruka and P-san as Haruka reacts rather interestingly when Miki makes a statement in respect to their relation. Haruka ultimately ended up giving P-san the wallet which she was previously too afraid to do so as a gift for his hospital discharge – leaving us feeling refreshed and satisfied to a great extent as Haruka has found herself. After giving so much to assist others throughout the series, its all come to pay Haruka back wonderfully as she came to determine her definition of an idol.

We’re then shown the three idols of 876Pro which a few of us may recall, inducing our curiosity as they seem to be having a rather lively conversation – and lastly, a nice scene with everyone all together, possibly implying a second season as it says “We’ll see you next time!”

If The iDOLM@STER did very well receive a second season, we’d be in a fit of euphoria. Although many would have an initial impression of this anime as “nothing but moe or fanservice”, something which even we mistakenly thought was the case before giving it a chance with episode one, The iDOLM@STER is in fact nothing of the sort. Rather, this series is one of the most innovative slice of life anime series ever to have been formulated.

A group of girls all share the single dream of becoming an idol – yet to each of them, becoming an idol means something entirely different, not to mention, the path to get there is one which may be more complex for some than others. The iDOLM@STER is a journey in which the girls go from merely having an aspiration to diligently working to meet this goal, fighting against anything which blocks their path, and then climatically live it out first hand.

Making it powerful is the fact that they’re not simply playing around without a purpose, this is their life. Being an idol is their life. And to not only reach, but sustain that vitality, they need to bring their lives to meet everything it requires – whilst also bringing themselves to change for the better, setting aside the negatives of their past so they can deliver their heart and soul on the stage just as the audience expects. And of course to reach that pinnacle, they need teamwork.

And the earnest desire of becoming an idol is not limited to our girls – our idols did definitely help one another, yet it is P-san who propelled them to higher levels. Every character within this series is motivated and driven to accomplish their goals, and for some characters, such as P-san, that goal is to ensure the impeccable success of each and every one of his idols. His own objective in life is nothing more than to see them triumph in their goals.

No matter what he has to do to take them to the top, he will do it – sacrificing himself in more ways than one not merely because “it is his job”, yet as he is legitimately compassionate and caring of all his idols.

The iDOLM@STER is a story of what can occur when a group of diverse individuals who share a single wish gather – putting forth every ounce of effort and emotion in their being to achieve what they’ve longingly desired. A solid series which anyone will enjoy and undeniably be left inspired upon its ending.

9 Comments

  • frost says:

    I hope we get to see a Season 2

    But still a good ending.

    • Seven says:

      A second season is critical to my health.

      • liberator says:

        What an amazing way to end one of the best series of 2011! The way they combine Ready!! and Change!!!! together took my breath away.

        @Seven,
        I agree with your assessment of us viewers being inspire by iDOLM@STER; as it not only shattered the critics dismissive views of the series, but probably the fans initial reaction of this being just an additional revenue stream for Namco Bandai. But since iDOLM@STER is being stream on Crunchyroll (just with a 3 weeks+ delay), I was thinking that just maybe enough of a fan base outside Japan can be created with the anime that an English version of the current iDOLM@STER 2 game could have a chance of being made (no English dub, just translated dialogue and text). That way, we can all be Producer-san and take the girls of 765 Pro to idol stardom!

        • Seven says:

          If that were to happen, that would be quite awesome. Although thankfully the PS3 is region free – while not ideal without translations, at least others outside of Asia can currently enjoy the game.

  • Anonymous says:

    Loved you coverage of Idolm@ster from beginning to end, but a little nitpick:

    The three new idols at the end are not new idols for 765, they’re the three idols from 876 Pro who starred in Idolm@ster Dearly Stars. They’ve already appeared in the anime in episode 10 (as the three who gave 765 their much better lunch) and in episode 18′s ED (the three shoppers Ritsuko was looking at).

  • alexsaingxd says:

    iDOLMA@STER is the best anime series I have seen so far for this 2011 season! The songs they performed was super good and touchable and of course, amazing! I like how they combine with “Ready & Change” and their new song was really good. I’m hoping that a second season will yet to come soon!

  • KrazyKobun says:

    My favorite series of 2011. Period! Such pure entertainment value, lovely characterization, effective drama, and wonderful animation wrapped up in a fantastic package. Gainax/A-1 Pictures did they’re thing here. You can tell director Atsushi Nishigori really loved what he was producing. THIS is how you do a “Moe” Slice-of-Life. The girls wasn’t only being cute and passing that off as entertainment. There is growth, ambition, and personality within each and every girl to give us actual reasons to care about them.

    • Seven says:

      Wonderfully said!

      Everything is just so meaningful in the iDOLM@STER – it all has reasoning and vitality, a ringing sense of being and purpose. Not just a trashy time slot filler with cute girls as a distraction as is a vast variety of other moe series out there.

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